To begin with I am asking that you pray for our nation, especially for the City of Charlottsville. The hatred and bigotry shown by a rally of white supremacists and neo-Nazis is clearly contrary to the Gospel of love taught by Jesus Christ. It is tragic that this element exists in our society.
In our prayers let us ask for protection of those who stand firmly, yet peacefully, against hatred and bigotry. May our actions be grounded in faith and a commitment to love. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
While this prejudice may seem far away it is always good to look at our own hearts and ways we also may experience or exhibit prejudice. This fall beginning on September 10 I will be leading a six week study on the Belhar Confession. The study will be held from 9:20 – 10:15 a.m. in the ark room at the church. The Belhar Confession came out of apartheid in South Africa and was adopted as a confession of our denomination last summer. The study will deal with the history of the confession and how it speaks to us today in being accepting and loving of all people.
Isaiah 56: 1, 6 – 8; Psalm 67
Romans 11: 1 – sa, 29 – 32; Matthew 15: 21 – 28
Our passages will deal with maintaining justice and doing right. This will also involve how we reach out to draw others into the family of believers, or more importantly into the kingdom of God.
The audio recording of lectio divina should be available later in the week.
Monday Al anon. 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday S.O.S. (Survivors of Suicide support group) 6:30 p.m.
Thursday Feeding America 2:00 p.m.
Fellowship hall reserved 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday Al anon. 10:45 a.m.
Saturday Presbyterian and Friends Bike Ride (meet at staging area on 44 Rd. 8:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship Round the Tables 8:30 a.m
Traditional Worship 10:30 a.m.
Personnel and Membership Mtg. 11:30 a.m.
Teen Study 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 21 Project Renew Mtg. at 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 25 Youth Lock in from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday – see Don for details
Aug. 27 Worship Services with special local mission offering for OASIS
Youth Mission team planning meeting for 2018 –we need both parents and students in attendance
All-Church picnic at Faunce/Wallin home. Bring a dish, table service and lawn chairs
Teen Study at 6:00 p.m.